Review Category : Microsoft

During Samsung keynote at CES today, Eric Rudder, Microsoft’s Chief Technical Strategy Officer made an surprise appearance and shared Microsoft’s vision for extending computing interactions to any surface such as room walls. He revealed a Microsoft Research’s project called Illumiroom which augments the area around your screen with visualizations that will make an more immersive experience for the user. IllumiRoom is a proof-of-concept system from Microsoft Research. It augments the area surrounding a television screen with projected visualizations to enhance the traditional living room entertainment experience. IllumiRoom uses a Kinect for Windows camera and a projector to blur the lines between on-screen content and the environment we live in allowing us to combine our virtual and physical worlds. For example, our system can change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new game experiences. Our system uses the appearance and the geometry of the room ...

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    Dell today announced a new low cost Windows 8 tablet called Latitude 10 Essentials. This new tablet will go on sale at starting price of $499 for the base configuration. This is basically the stripped down version of previously announced Latitude 10 tablet. Here is the difference between the both, Features Latitude 10 Latitude 10 essentials configuration  Wacom Active Stylus support Yes  No, Passive stylus support only  Swappable Battery  Yes  No  Max Storage  64GB  64GB  Camera  2MP front and 8MP rear with rear LED flash.  2MP front and 8MP rear  Ports USB, combo audio port, lock slot, dock connector, mUSB (charge only), mHDMI  USB, combo audio port, lock slot & dock connector  Slots  Full size SecureDigital card slot and micro SIM slot  Full size SecureDigital card slot  Dimensions  274 x 176.6 x 10.5mm / 658g (2-cell)                                       820g (4-cell)  274 x 176.6 x 10.5mm/649g  Security  Hardware TPM 1.2 & Software ...

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Microsoft today announced via email to Messenger users that the Windows Live Messenger service will be discontinued on March 15th. You need to upgrade to Skype to continue using the IM service. The old service will retire globally except for mainland China. So, what’s happening between now and 15th March? Messenger will continue to work as you know it today. If you are signed in with Messenger on your desktop** you will see a banner notification to upgrade. When you click on the banner, an installer window will open with the request to upgrade. This will take you through our installer flow to install Skype and automatically uninstall Messenger. So, what’s happening after 15th March? Messenger users on desktops** will not be able to sign in and will only be able to upgrade to Skype. If you attempt to sign in, a notification will appear, and if you continue, you ...

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Motion to Terminate re H.264 Patents Motorola, the wholly owned subsidiary of Google today decided to drop its standard related patent claims against Microsoft. They filed with the U.S. ITC to terminate its attempt to stop Microsoft from using video compression technology on the Xbox. Earlier Motorola demanded huge licensing money from Microsoft to license two standards-essential patents for H.264 that is used in Xbox, Windows Media players, etc,. Microsoft and Motorola were fighting over these patents in various courts and now it has come to an end. Last week, Federal Trade Commission announced that Google had to license patents used in standards to willing parties as part of the settlement with them. Source: ATD ...

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While Microsoft has never been very open about Windows Phone sales, they are quite happy to trumpet their Windows 8 achievements. Tammi Reller, Chief Financial and Chief Marketing Officer for Windows announced that since the launch in late October of Windows 8 they have sold 60 million licenses to the OS. The statement was made at the JP Morgan Tech Forum at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 8. The figure includes "sell in to OEMs for new PCs" and upgrades, said Reller, also saying this was roughly in line with Windows 7 sales. It is not clear how many of these licenses are actually in the hands of users, or are for OEM inventory or even downgrades to Windows 7.  Microsoft however expected to sell 500 million Windows 8 licenses by the end of 2013, which is guaranteed to create a gigantic market for developers To ...

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As part of its regular “Patch Tuesday” security update Microsoft has pushed out a patch for Windows RT. The update includes a System Firmware (UEFI) update which improvements to audio playback when in Connected Standby  and brings additional capabilities for handling firmware updates during low battery situations. The update also delivers a few other security- and non-security fixes and updates for Windows RT, including one that is designed to improve .Net 4.5 and Windows RT compatibility, according to Microsoft’s Web site. To check for the update search for Check for Updates from the Settings category using the Search charm. Via ZDNet.com Thanks Steve for the tip. ...

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Microsoft SkyDrive.com team today announced the new improved sharing, drap-and-drop support and more. You now have a single, unified view into how each of your files is shared so you can more easily control who has access to your files. We’ve also added more HTML5 features for touch devices making the SkyDrive experience faster and more fluid across devices And we’ve introduced more drag-and-drop capabilities to make it easier to manage your files, photos and documents. Along with the above features, SkyDrive.com is now made even faster and more reliable and these features are releasing today and should be available in your SkyDrive soon. Read more about it in detail from source link below.   Source: Windows Blog ...

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Panasonic today surprised everyone at CES at their press event by revealing their new 20-inch Windows 8 devices. Their new Windows 8 device will support stylus as well. All changes made on screen with the stylus (or by hand) can be implemented directly over the cloud. The main highlight about this 20-inch tablet is the 4K resolution. Yes, 4K resolution on a tablet, not on a TV. Source: CNET ...

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In the midst of array of new Windows 8 devices, two popular last generation Windows Ultrabooks got neat update. Dell has announced that the XPS 13 Ultrabook with 13.3-inch display will be updated with Full HD 1080p display from its current 1366×768 resolution display. The updated XPS 13 will be available later this month. Also, Samsung has announced that its Series 9 Ultrabook which currently has 1600 x 900 display will be upgraded to 1080p display later this year. ...

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Annual Consumer Electronics Show kicks off officially tomorrow in Las Vegas with pre-show keynote delivered by Qualcomm yesterday. Even though Microsoft decided not to be part of the show, its partners like Intel, Qualcomm and other PC OEMs are there in the show. No.of new Windows based devices are being showcased by PC OEMs like Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, etc,. Microsoft today blogged about some of them. Watch the highlights of the new PCs in the video above and read more about them in the source link below.   Source: Windows Team Blog ...

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Press Release: New Smartphones, Tablets and Ultrabook™ Convertibles to Redefine Mobile Computing NEWS HIGHLIGHTS •New Intel® Atom™ processor-based platform aimed at value segment of smartphone market with support from Acer®, Lava International* and Safaricom*. Highlights forthcoming “Clover Trail+” platform aimed at performance and mainstream market segments. •Wide range of Intel-based tablets running Windows 8 now available on shelves and online; First 22nm quad-core Atom™ SoC for tablets expected to more than double the computing performance of the Atom™ Processor Z2760 platform; available holiday 2013. •Lower-power Intel® Core™ processor lineup reaches as low as 7 watts, enabling thinner, lighter, touch-based Ultrabook convertibles, detachables and tablets. •4th generation Intel® Core™ processor family (formerly codenamed “Haswell”) will enable a broad new range of Ultrabook convertibles, detachables and tablets with all-day battery life; the biggest battery life gain over a previous generation in company’s history3. INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas, Jan. 7, 2013 ...

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Microsoft is planning to create original content for its growing 40 million Xbox LIVE customers. Microsoft is setting up a TV studio in Los Angeles that will create original programming for Xbox. Microsoft is planning to produce all forms of content for every member of the family like live events, reality, game shows, documentaries and scripted comedy or drama. According to Nancy Tellem of Microsoft, Microsoft and Xbox are in a unique position with a technology that allows you to deliver multi-platform programming.  The technology is there, not only for the audience that just wants to watch passively, but also for those who want to engage the content more, whether by mobile, tablet or on TV. Source: Hollywood Reporter ...

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Nicaraguan security researcher clrokr has managed to unlock the kernel setting which prevents Windows RT devices from running unsigned code as found on desktop applications. He exploited a security vulnerability which exists in Windows 8 and which was therefore also present in Windows RT, and also the fact that Microsoft allows Remote Debuggers to attach to user processes. He managed to find the bit in RAM which tells the OS whether they should run Unsigned(0) apps, Authenticode(4) signed apps, Microsoft(8) signed apps or Windows(12) signed apps. By default Windows RT will only run Microsoft signed apps. The hack will presumably not persist beyond a reboot, and enabling it does require a lot of expertise. clrokr argues that the discovery shows that there is no essential difference between Windows 8 and Windows RT, and that users should have the ability to run desktop apps. On the other hand he does not ...

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Major updates for Windows 8 apps were released last month, including updates for the Finance app via the Windows Store which include enhancements and improvements in network connectivity and navigation improvements as well as new stock exchanges and news content partners.  An update for the News app has also occurred, showing improvements in mouse and keyboard navigation for Windows 8 users as well as more support for regional news sources and additional news outlets and various performance improvements.  However, the News and Finance apps remain unavailable in some areas, something which will hopefully be addressed in the next major update.   Via: Neowin.net ...

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  US Defense Department has announced a joint enterprise license agreement for Microsoft products worth $617 million for a period of over 3 years. As a result, all the Defense Department users can avail Microsoft Office 2013, SharePoint 2013, Windows 8 and Windows Server products as well. Microsoft is committed to making sure that the technology within the agreement has a mobile-first focus, and DOD expects to begin to take advantage of Microsoft’s mobile offerings as part of our enterprise mobility ecosystem.” Read full press release below. Press Release: WASHINGTON, Dec. 28, 2012 – The Defense Department has leveraged the buying power of more than two million information technology users to award a three-year, $617 million joint enterprise license agreement for Microsoft products, defense officials announced. The deal, led by the Army Contracting Command in collaboration with the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Army and the Air Force, demonstrates the ...

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Samsung has announced two new Windows 8 devices which will be released in coming months. The updated Series 7 Chronos laptop will come with high-end specs such as Intel quad-core processor with up to 16GB of memory, up to 1TB of storage and dedicated 2GB external graphics, etc,. Samsung also announced its new Ultrabook called Series 7 Ultra which comes with Full HD display, Up to eight hours of battery life running on Intel Core i5 or i7 processors and up to 256GB SSD. Samsung will announce more details about the pricing and availability tomorrow at CES. Press Release: Samsung Unveils Enhanced Series 7 Chronos and New Ultrabooks at CES 2013 Samsung’s unrivaled Series 7 product line offers professional performance, touch and seamless multimedia capabilities with increased mobility LAS VEGAS, USA – January 2, 2012 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, ...

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